Thanks to the wonders of Tivo, Barbara and I were able to watch the opening episode of Dollhouse, “Ghost”, a few days late. It turned out to be part fun and part obligation — fun because it’s Joss Whedon, and obligation because it’s Joss Whedon. Although I’m not going to jump in and pronounce judgment on the series based on a single episode, my first impressions are that it’s no Buffy but is still good enough to make me want to watch the next few episodes. I wonder, however, how Whedon is going to have any chance of developing the personality of Eliza Dushku’s character, given that the entire premise of the show is that she has a new personality in every episode. Well, we’ll just have to see.

Some associations and possibly related thoughts:

  • Part of the set — the “dollhouse” itself — reminds me too much of the headquarters of the Initiative on Buffy.
  • The theme of the show reminds Barbara of La Femme Nikita, which I’ve never seen.
  • The title of the show reminds me of Ibsen’s famous play, A Doll’s House.

Then again, maybe all these associations are irrelevant.

Finally, like Mark Bernstein, I wish it weren’t on Fox.

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